October 9, 2015
I WRITE IN PROSE, but I think in poetry. Clearly, I lack the ability to distill the great human emotions into words so fine and spare that they will one day be included in anthologies and taught to bright-eyed students, secretly hoping there's a Cliff Notes version somewhere. But there is inside of me a white Maya Angelou or a non-agoraphobic Emily Dickinson, struggling to emerge from the "Chris-alis. " (And that is why I am not a poet, but let's move on.) Even if I can't write it, I devour it. My preferences run to iambic pentameter and rhymes, because I respect any effort to actually work at something.
September 1, 2014 |
After 18 years of innovative experimental theater, cringingly clunky one-man shows, and everything in between, the 2014 Fringe Festival officially opens Friday with the most ambitious lineup yet. There's the epic The Four Seasons Restaurant by acclaimed Italian director Romeo Castellucci and Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, a meditation on absence set to the soundtrack of black holes. There's a cast of 100 non-actors in 100% Philadelphia , from Germany's Rimini Protokoll. There's artist Mary Mattingly's live-in WetLand installation (think Hurricane Katrina meets Waterworld )
October 25, 2013 |
Colin Quinn is in anguish over the state of our nation. We're in a quagmire of despair, with an economy that refuses to bounce back, a White House rocked by security leaks, and a Congress so at odds with itself, it forced the federal government to shut down. "Everyone has a vision of this country, and the vision is so divided right now," Quinn, 54, said Tuesday in a phone chat, "that I can't imagine anything else happening but the breakup of the country. " The former Saturday Night Live player isn't exactly celebrated as a political scientist, but he thinks he has the answer for what ails us: Don't fear the fragmentation of the nation, but embrace it. "Abolish the United States," he said.
September 9, 2013
Fear and loathing shouldn't describe parents' feelings as the first day of school approaches. But in urban districts facing fiscal and staffing issues, they can't help it. Philadelphia's schools open Monday with no guarantee that the district will have enough money to finish the academic year. Promises have been made, but not enough money has been added to the district's budget. Months ago, schools Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. announced that the district faced a $304 million gap in its $2.7 billion budget and asked the state, city, and employee unions each to kick in something to solve the problem.
June 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Renewed concerns that central banks will ease off their support for the global economy hit the U.S. markets Tuesday, wiping out their gains for the month. It looked bad from the start. Indexes began sliding from the opening bell, trailing markets in Asia and Europe, which were rattled when the Bank of Japan decided not to take any new steps to spur growth in the world's third-largest economy. The word out of Japan added to questions surrounding global central banks, investors said.
April 24, 2013 |
The high school senior was wait listed at Villanova University, her number-one pick. So she sent the admissions office a white sneaker with the letter V painted in blue and a note: "I've already got one foot in the door. Help me get the other foot in as well. " Such gimmicks, though creative, rarely make a difference in the decision-making, officials say. But the tactic underscores the often intense emotion around the next stage of the admission process: the waiting game. While students across the nation are weighing offers from schools along with financial aid, some students have the complication of not having been accepted at their top school - but also not having been rejected.
March 7, 2013 |
Why didn't Philadelphia Magazine title its March cover story simply "Fear of Black People"? The catastrophically misguided article, "Being White in Philly," is basically devoid of facts while making the dubious claim that "in so many quarters, simply discussing race is seen as racist. " Staff writer Robert Huber offered anonymity to everyone he interviewed. He based the article on highly selective anecdotes while assuming his views were universally shared by readers. To wit, "I've begun to think that most people stopped looking around at large segments of our city, at our poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods, a long time ago. " Give Huber and his editors credit: The story accurately reflects the title "Being White.
February 16, 2013 |
Reprinted from Thursday's edition. There is no Starbucks in sleepy Gatlin, S.C., laments young Ethan Wate, so it's completely understandable that he wants out. High school is a drag, too, and the sole movie theater can't even get the titles right on its marquee. But then Lena Duchannes, glamorously Goth, moves into town, and Ethan's world is upended. It's as if a spell had been cast, which, in the over-the-top supernatural teen romance Beautiful Creatures , isn't that surprising.
January 6, 2013 |
On the first day of 1863, as the Civil War raged on, President Lincoln proclaimed all the slaves in the rebellious Confederate states to be "forever free. " With his Emancipation Proclamation, whose 150th anniversary the United States celebrates this week, Lincoln made the end of slavery a Civil War goal. As PBS's ambitious documentary miniseries The Abolitionists shows, Lincoln's words came at the end of a decadeslong antislavery campaign led by a tiny group of activists whose fervor alienated them from the mainstream of American life.
December 17, 2012 |
It's my first Christmas with my boyfriend, and choosing a gift for him is impossible. We've all heard the lament, what do you get the man who has everything? Well, my boyfriend is the man who needs everything. He's a musician and travels frequently. He'd be happy with his guitar and whatever clothes fit in a backpack. He doesn't think much of material possessions. Doesn't he know the true meaning of Christmas? I've heard him say he needs basics, like T-shirts, but if I get him a pack of Hanes, I'll feel like his mom. And while a man can give a woman lingerie, I can't bring myself to present my boyfriend with "manties.